What is the important aspect of risk society?
One important aspect of the risk society is the organisation of wealth and distribution. Beck argues that the distribution of risk causes extended issues in lower social classes, as more privileged individuals are able to avoid risks through awareness and knowledge, as well as the use of power. However, on a macro level, globalisation has transformed risks in a way that social class and wealth differences no longer apply. Beck claims that wealthier countries who outsource risk end up being affected by the boomerang effect. This boomerang effect describes the assumption that the country or individual producing risk will eventually be affected themselves. This suggests the lines between social class and wealth have been blurred, since no one is capable of avoiding the consequences of risk “Poverty is hierarchic, smog is democratic.“